The final video in our series on the Four Golden Rules of Data Management highlights the importance of using a trusted data repository through the story of an artist who used Facebook to archive his life’s work.
The third video in our series on Four Golden Rules of Data Management recounts the story of the BBC’s ill-fated Domesday project in order to demonstrate the importance of migrating formats for preservation.
The second in our series of videos on Four Golden Rules of Data Management looks at the story of the Royal Oak 80 Survey, which teaches us a lesson on the importance of backing up research data.
To celebrate Love Data Week (10-14 February 2020), we are launching a series of videos titled “Four Golden Rules of Data Management”. These short videos look at examples of data management gone wrong which have hit the headlines and make recommendations for how these disasters could have been avoided.
In the first video, we look at the problems encountered by the Venice Time Machine project, and the importance of writing a data management plan.
Stay tuned for more videos in the series!
We have three researchers with a breadth of experience in managing data in collaborative environments, both cross-institutionally and internationally, who will draw upon their own experiences to offer an engaging insight into the challenges collaborative projects can create for managing research data, and how they overcame them.
There will be plenty of advice for those of you who are currently engaged with or thinking about embarking on a collaborative research project, so please do join us! Feel free to bring your lunch, and as always we’ll provide some sweet treats too.
We’re pleased to announce the programme:
John Oates (WELS)
Drawing on his wealth of experience working with vulnerable research participants, John will discuss the ethics of working with research data, particularly in a collaborative environment.
Olga Jurasz (FBL)
Olga will talk about her experiences working cross-institutionally, both within the UK and internationally and the challenges this has produced.
Craig Walker (FASS)
Craig’s talk will focus on a project looking at building peace between vulnerable and marginalised groups in conflict, and the issues involved in working in sensitive environments.
We’re so excited about our first Data Seminar, taking place next Thursday 14th November, 12.30-13.30.
We’ve got a great line-up from the Library, RES and FASS telling real-life stories of how data management has gone wrong and right. You’re welcome to bring your lunch along and we’ll provide some sweet treats too.
We’re pleased to announce the programme:
12.30: 4 Golden Rules of Data Management – Maxine Borton and Isabel Chadwick (Library)
Maxine and Isabel will use examples of data management gone wrong which have hit the headlines to deliver 4 golden rules to help you avoid data loss.
12.45 I am a Humanist, get me out of here! – Francesca Benatti (FASS)
Reflecting on her experiences as a PhD student, Francesca will give a personal take on how she’s learned to manage her research data effectively.
13.00 Technologies, Data Management and Specialist Archives – Muriel Swijghuisen Reigersberg (RES)
Muriel will talk about her experiences of depositing her audiovisual data in a specialist data archive, and give tips on how to avoid making the mistakes she unfortunately encountered.
13.15 Questions and discussion
The Library Research Support team are pleased to announce the launch of our new Data Champions programme, with the first of our Data Champions forums being held in the Library last week.
This forum was an opportunity for us to meet our Champions and for them to get to know each other, as well as to find out more about what the programme entails.
The Data Champions programme has been set up as a way of promoting OU Research Data Management (RDM) services and tools within faculties and to provide more discipline-specific data management advice and support.
As part of this programme, our Data Champions have been asked to contribute to the development and delivery of a data-focussed seminar series across the coming year; and planning for our first session has already begun in earnest.
Our 13 Data Champions offer representation across every faculty and bring with them a range of experiences of managing diverse data types, from highly sensitive interview data to archival materials and the re-use of third-party data. After hearing more about the programme (and a bit of themed cake!), our Champions made an enthusiastic start, sharing their data management experiences and producing a whole host of fantastic ideas to theme our future seminars around.
Keep your eyes open for updates on our first seminar!
Over the coming months we will be running a series of online bitesize training sessions on various aspects of research data management. These are open to all OU research staff and postgraduate researchers.
Please follow the links below for further information and joining instructions.
The latest instalment of my series on best practice in ORDO looks at sharing videos.
In late 2017, we were approached by Dr Erica Borgstrom from the faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies. Erica’s research focuses on death and dying, with a particular focus on end of life care. Over the course of the previous year she had been running a series of seminars on death and dying, all of which had been recorded and posted on an OU hosted website. Erica was concerned that the website would not be supported for much longer and that the videos were of high interest and needed to be made available to the public on another platform.This is where ORDO comes in – by putting the videos of the seminars on ORDO, they were given the security and credibility of being hosted on an OU platform, and we were able to guarantee that they would be maintained for a minimum of 10 years. Adding the videos to ORDO gave each one a DOI, enabling Erica and the seminar presenters to cite them at conferences or in papers and ensuring that they are recognised as valid research outputs. ORDO allows in-browser viewing of most audiovisual file types which means that the videos don’t need to be downloaded to be watched. We were also able to add metadata to the records to enable discoverability, and upload extra background documents alongside the videos to add context.Finally, we grouped all the videos together into one collection, giving the entire seminar series a DOI and ensuring that they are seen as a complete body of work.
Seruset Borgstrom, Erica (2017): Open University Death and Dying Seminar Series. figshare. Collection. https://doi.org/10.21954/ou.rd.c.3825658.v2
Since the seminar series was uploaded to ORDO in January 2018, the videos have consistently featured in our top ten most viewed items. They have been viewed almost 7,500 times and downloaded 571 times.
A brief note from Erica:
I found working with ORDO and the library staff very helpful and exciting. Uploading and storing the videos in this way make them easy to share with a much wider audience and helps us fulfil our mission as an open, and accessible, university. The seminar speakers have also appreciated the professional platform to recognise their talk as a research output.